For the third consecutive year, the Oakland Unified School District’s Department of African American Male Achievement honored students who earned perfect scores on their STAR exams, but this year’s ceremony honored both young men and women. To celebrate these students’ achievements, a boisterous crowd of parents, educators and other students attended an evening event at Frick Middle School in East Oakland on October 11.
Officials had decided that any student who answered every question correctly on any portion of the exam would be awarded with a plaque and a free desktop computer. OTX West, a computer refurbishing company located in West Oakland, provided the computers for all of the African American students who achieved perfect scores.
“It feels good to have a plaque,” said Rahsan Armstrong, Jr., a 4th grade student at Sobrante Park Elementary, after being awarded for his perfect score in the math portion of his STAR exam. He said his favorite subject is math, and although he finds fractions to be hard, that doesn’t deter him from studying the subject.
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